Meet the Staff of Our Yarn Shop

The staff at Crafty Hands is available during business hours to help you with all your problems and to answer any questions that you may have. Stop on in to check out our huge selection of knitting supplies.

Starla, the owner of Crafty Hands:

My Grandmothers were very inspirational to me. On my seventh birthday one taught me how to knit. During a grueling college finals week my other grandmother assured me I would do fine in my studies, but was quite certain I would end up in a career doing something with my "Crafty Hands". Her premonition came true in 1997. I really enjoy all aspects of knitting, especially trying new techniques. If you ever stop by, you might even see me knitting 12 socks at a time! Outside of being a mother of two talented young men,  wife to my best friend Fred, Knitting is definitely high on my priority list!

Photo by Shelley Owens Photography

Holly Hardenberg:

I am originally from the Chicago area and grew up in a family that appreciated both the fine arts, and arts and crafts. Twenty-one years ago, after having tried all variety of crafts and handwork, I took a knitting class and knitted my first sweater. Boy, did I fall in love! However, two curious little boys kept both of my hands occupied for the next few years. My knitting needles were stored away. Once the boys started to participate in sports, I realized that knitting was the perfect carry along activity for me as I sat in the bleachers and cheered them on. At this point a whole new love affair started for me – SOCKS! They are small enough to take anywhere. There is a myriad of design possibilities, and everybody wears them — The perfect knitting project. I always have a sock or two on needles.


Sukie Shahmir:

Knitting became my passion in high school.  Watching my mother, Rose, knit my sweaters, etc. for years I finally decided to try it.  I was living in Tarrytown, NY at the time and there was a great knit shop in Mount Kisco, just up the road.  I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a local yarn shop that is friendly, helpful, and carries a wide range of fibers.  I moved to Bowling Green thirty-four years ago with my husband and two boys, who enjoy my many hand knit items.  Through hours of games, some sadness, a lot of happiness, knitting has been a therapist, companion, friend, and educator.  Through knitting I have met some of my best friends and keep meeting new friends with stories of yarn, techniques, and stashes.


Donna White:

My husband, Danny, and I grew up in Bowling Green and have four wonderful children and seven beautiful grandchildren.  I have enjoyed creating handmade items for as long as I can remember.  A few years ago, a friend invited me to attend a knitting class with her at Crafty Hands and I immediately fell in love with the staff and the relaxing atmosphere in the shop.  As I attended classes each week, I began learning new techniques and gained more confidence with the needles.  It wasn't long before I completed my first pair of socks!  The best part of classes was the wonderful friends I made as we tried out new patterns and yarns each week.  I am delighted to be part of the Crafty Hands Team and look forward to continuing their tradition of making this shop a very special place to visit.


Karen Darnell:


My name is Karen Darnell.  I've been married to my high school sweetheart over 30 years.  We have 2 boys - Will 24 and Colling 20.  Both are in college.  Starla taught me to knit in 2007. I started working at Crafty Hand later that year.  After working with these wonderfull ladies for years, I took a break.  I missed them and all of you so much, I'm back.

Sandy Knowlton:  ______________________________________________________

In my recent move to Bowling Green, I have now been able to indulge in three of my favorite things...hiking with my hubby, knitting and quilting. Since my husband and I sold our alpacas and moved here from Michigan, we have been able to spend a lot more time together having adventures. We love the trails here. Our three kids are adults now and have provided us with additions to our family .... a son-in-law, a fiancé, a granddaughter and lots of four legged grand-pets. We have truly been blessed! I am thrilled to be able to walk to "work" and visit with my new friends here at Crafty Hands. What a joy it is to be able to work at something you love to do! Come in and ask me about knitting with alpaca yarn.


Abbie Jones:


After moving to Bowling Green when I was 12, my grandmother asked me if I wanted to come with her to Crafty Hands for knitting lessons. I was a little hesitant at first, but I've been hooked ever since! I am currently studying forensic psychology at WKU and hope to one day have a career in the FBI. I began working at Crafty Hands in 2014 and have met so many wonderful people in the process. I am definitely excited to be a part of the Crafty Hands family!

Julia Seiler:

I am behind the scenes working on the website, e-mails, & facebook page for Crafty Hands.  I work for Bridgestone as the Divisional Quality Assurance Manager for Firestone Building Products.  My husband, Michael, and I recently lost our 14 year-old furry child, Gigi.  Crafty Hands taught me to knit in 2005.  I'll be forever grateful.  Although it is not always easy, knitting takes my mind off all the crazy things in my life.  Knitting has also brought me so many great friends.  I'm happy to help Starla and the staff bring Crafty Hands to knitters new and seasoned.

 Mary Dineen:

I've lived in Kentucky for over 20 years, the last 11 in Franklin with my husband, two horses, a cat & dog.  I came to Crafty Hands 10 years ago to learn how to knit left handed from Starla.  I went from bending needles from knitting so tight, to being able to knit socks two at a time - no problem.  Knitting, horses, & a retired husband keep the days full.

Contact us for more information about our knitting courses.